Prepare for the worst

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

5:00 AM  West Coast dairy farmers are being told they would be better to prepare for the worst case scenario of a near $5 payout.

Merino out of this world

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

5:01 AM  Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.

Water storage calls increase

Drought

5:00 AM  Irrigators are calling for more water storage as Canterbury farmland gets drier and moisture content falls.

Fear of discord

Hurunui River

5:00 AM  Warning issued that controversial ECan rules could tear apart a farming district if not well managed.

Natural controls studied

Apples in cold storage

5:00 AM  Scientists looking at ways to reduce sprays on apples and pears to make them more palatable in Asia.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

Prepare for the worst

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

5:00 AM  West Coast dairy farmers are being told they would be better to prepare for the worst case scenario of a near $5 payout.

A pure and simple way to win

Feeding their dairy cows entirely on grass is proving to be a winning strategy for a young Taranaki couple.

Dairy cow

Marlborough reports cow disease

A blood-borne tick-carried disease has been identified in Marlborough for the first time.

beef

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Big jump in calf cull

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Sheep

Merino out of this world

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

5:01 AM  Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.

Smart feeding breeds winners

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

Lamb

Rustlers hit farm

The theft of more than 300 lamb ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.

cropping

Move to reduce spraying of pipfruit

fruit harvest

5:00 AM  Scientists are working on ways to reduce chemical sprays on apples and pears to make them more palatable in Asian markets.

Growing drought insurance

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

Claudia Crawford
picks cherries at
Cherryland on
Middle Renwick Rd
in Blenheim

Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit

Hot, sunny days and not too much rain have resulted in high quality Blenheim cherries, despite a light crop.

agribusiness

Natural controls to boost exports

Apples in cold storage

5:00 AM  Scientists are working on ways to reduce chemical sprays on apples and pears to make them more palatable in Asian markets.

Fear of discord among farmers

5:00 AM  Warning issued that controversial ECan rules could tear apart a farming district if not well managed.

Drought

Water storage calls increase

5:00 AM  Irrigators are calling for more water storage as Canterbury farmland gets drier and moisture content falls.

Discovery

'Weak as a kitten'

Marcus and Kirsty Kynoch on their Central Hawke's Bay farm with their three boys, from left, Harry, Benjamin and Oliver.

Don't just presume you have the flu ... wise words from a man whose flu turned out to be the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

'Don't sweat it out'

Central Hawke's Bay vet Richard Hilson knows only too well what it feels like to have leptospirosis.

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Disease warning

The insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think.

rural women

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Rural Southland woman Melanie McKenzie, a farmers wife and mother of three, in her little shop where she sells her crafts under the name The Penny Drops, at her home near Edendale.

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

$18m boost for rural women

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Sheep

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Key figure in the slaughter, theft of 16 sheep played pokies while three friends did the dirty work.

Video

From farm to Hollywood

When a US star bought a pair of Last & Loom boots, they carried a uniquely Kiwi story.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.